ARM Launches Cortex-A50 Series, the World’s Most Energy-Efficient 64-bit Processors

  ARM Launches Cortex-A50 Series, the World’s Most Energy-Efficient 64-bit

  New 64-bit processors set to drive the next era in mobile and enterprise,
            extending ARM leadership in performance and low power

ARM TechCon 2012

Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, U.K. & SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- October 30, 2012

ARM announced the new ARM® Cortex™-A50 processor series based upon the ARMv8
architecture, extending ARM’s leadership in performance and low power. The
series initially includes the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors and
introduces a new, energy-efficient 64-bit processing technology, as well as
extending existing 32-bit processing. The scalability of the processor series
enables ARM partners to create system-on-chips (SoCs) that address diverse
markets, from smartphones through to high-performance servers.

The processors launched today will continue the evolution of the mobile
computing experience by delivering up to three times the performance of
today’s superphones and extending today’s superphone experience to entry-level
smartphones. With a comprehensive set of ARM and ARM partner development tools
and simulation models already availableto enable faster and easier software
development, both processors are fully compatible with the extensive ARM
32-bit ecosystem and integral to the rapidly evolving ARM 64-bit ecosystem.

The Cortex-A57 is ARM’s most advanced high-performance applications processor,
while the Cortex-A53 is the most power-efficient ARM application processor.
The Cortex-A53 is also the world’s smallest 64-bit processor. They can operate
independently or be combined into an ARM big.LITTLE™ processor configuration,
combining high performance with power efficiency. Both are supported by the
ARM CoreLink™ 400 and new CoreLink 500 series system IP fabric solutions.

ARM partners can scale SoC platforms from single- and multi-core big.LITTLE
mobile solutions to massively parallel enterprise solutions for optimal
flexibility and energy-efficiency. The Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors
will target multi-GHz performance on advanced CMOS and FinFET processes
technologies, which is supported by early availability of ARM Artisan®
Physical IP and ARM POP™ IP for core-hardening acceleration.

Announced licensees of the new processor series include AMD, Broadcom,
Calxeda, HiSilicon, Samsung and STMicroelectronics. Supporting materials and
quotes from ARM partners can be found at this link and at

“Consumers expect a personalized mobile experience, integrating their daily
lives, with seamless connectivity providing access to vast amounts of
information. The ARM ecosystem will continue its rate of unprecedented
innovation to enable diverse platforms. This will deliver an era of
transformational computing, from mobile through to the infrastructure and
servers that support consumers’ connected, mobile lifestyles. This will create
massive opportunities for market expansion and a revolution in user
experiences,” said Simon Segars, executive vice president, processor and
physical IP divisions, ARM.

As smartphones and tablets have become our primary compute devices, mobile
performance and capabilities have evolved to drive the computing landscape. In
the past five years, the ARM ecosystem has driven a 15x increase in the
performance of smartphones, enabling a transformation in how people use their
devices. The capabilities of the Cortex-A50 processor series allow it to
seamlessly transition from a 32-bit to a 64-bit execution state, enabling
today’s existing applications, and provides scalability to 64-bit for mobile
computing client evolution and future superphone trends.

Data Explosion

The evolution of mobile computing is redefining the infrastructure that drives
cloud services and network connectivity. The explosive growth of smart mobile
devices, combined with richness of services available to end users, is causing
an increase in content generation and consumption. With data consumption
predicted to reach 120 Exabytes by 2020 (eight times more than today ^i), the
seamless mobile lifestyle will create a significant strain on network and data
centre infrastructure if companies continue to deploy incumbent technologies.
The Cortex-A50 processor series is designed with this new era of
‘transformational computing’ in mind, as well as providing an energy-efficient
solution to future infrastructure needs. The enhanced 32-bit execution
capability will benefit existing 32-bit cloud server applications, while
64-bit execution extends the applicability of ARM technology-based solutions
to enable new opportunities in networking, server and high-performance

ARM Cortex-A50 processor series:

  *Currently includes the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors
  *Optional cryptographic acceleration that can speed up authentication
    software up to x10
  *Interoperability with ARM Mali™ graphics processor family for GPU compute
  *Features AMBA® system coherency to extend to many-core coherence with ARM
    CoreLink cache coherent fabric components, including the CCI-400 and

ARM Cortex-A57 processor:

  *The most advanced, highest single-thread performance ARM application
  *Delivers the enhanced performance required for smartphones as they
    continue to transition from content-consumption devices to
    content-creation devices, with up to three times that of today’s
    superphones in the same power budget
  *Provides computer performance comparable to a legacy PC, while operating
    in a mobile power budget, enabling cost and power efficiency benefits for
    both enterprise users and consumers
  *Extended reliability and scalability features for high-performance
    enterprise applications

ARM Cortex-A53 processor:

  *The most efficient ARM application processor ever, delivering today’s
    superphone experience while using a quarter of the power
  *Incorporates reliability features that enable scalable dataplane
    applications to maximize performance per mm^2 and performance per mW
  *Optimized for throughput processing for modest per thread compute
  *The Cortex-A53 processor combined with the Cortex-A57 and big.LITTLE
    processing technology will enable platforms with extreme performance range
    while radically reducing the energy consumption

ARM and members of the ARM Connected Community® are collaborating to develop a
robust 64-bit software ecosystem. The ARM Compiler and ARM Fast Models have
supported the ARMv8 architecture since it was announced in October 2011, and
are used extensively by public launch licensees of the Cortex-A50 processor
series. This functionality is now complemented with support for bare metal and
Linux debug in the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5™). In addition, open source
operating systems, applications and third-party tools are already in
development. This is a natural extension to the broad ecosystem already in
place that supports existing ARMv7 architecture-based devices.

Availability: The ARM partnership is expected to ship Cortex-A50 series-based
chips in 2014. ARMv8 open source operating system, toolchains and foundation
models are now available at

Images can be downloaded at this page:

About ARM

ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products,
from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging,
automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering
includes RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling
software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products,
peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design
services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad partner
community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable
path to market for leading electronics companies. Find out more about ARM by
following these links:

ARM website:
ARM Connected Community:
ARM Blogs:
ARMFlix on YouTube:
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^i one exabyte is the equivalent of a billion gigabytes and an average
smartphone data plan has one gigabyte of data per month allowed

* UMTS Forum, Mobile traffic forecasts 2010-2020 report - link


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